Past Event

In Search of Colorful Butterflies: Capstone Event with Claire Messud

March 20, 2023
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Jerome L. Greene Science Center, 3227 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 9th Floor

In Search of Colorful Butterflies: Conversations Between Science and Narrative

"Like the entomologist in search of colorful butterflies, my attention has chased in the gardens of the grey matter cells with delicate and elegant shapes, the mysterious butterflies of the soul, whose beating of wings may one day reveal to us the secrets of the mind."              - Santiago Ramon y Cajal

The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Institute invites you to a conversation with the Institute's Alan Kanzer Writer-in-Residence Claire Messud, as she discusses her work and reflects on her time at the Zuckerman Institute. 

Monday, March 20, 2023
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Reception to Follow

Hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "a novelist of unnerving talent", Claire is the author of eight books, including the international bestseller The Emperor's Children, which was a New York TimesLos Angeles Times and Washington Post Best Book of the Year and won the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. Claire Messud's residency is hosted by Daphna Shohamy, PhD, Kavli Professor of Brain Science, PI and Co-director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science, and Associate Director of Columbia's Zuckerman Institute. 

This program is made possible with the generous support of Alan Kanzer. Columbia University's School of the Arts and Zuckerman Institute are grateful to Mr. Kanzer for his generosity and commitment to fostering interactions between the arts and neuroscience. 


Contact Information

Zuckerman Institute